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Grateful Dead Live at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on 1977-05-09


Topics Live concert


Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Cassidy, Brown Eyed Women, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Big River, Peggy-O, Sunrise, The Music Never Stopped Bertha, Good Lovin', Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> The Other One-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Comes A Time-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Uncle John's Band


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Location Buffalo, NY

Source Soundboard with patches from Audience
Lineage Betty Cantor 7in two track reel w/DBX-1 @ 7 1/2 ips> PCM501ES @ 44.055 kHz PCM501ES analog out> DBX-1 decoder> analog in PCM501ES analog out> Dat @ 48 kHz> Soundforge> Shn; patch from Master Audience Cassette> Sony ecm-33pmics> nak550> reel to reel> cd
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Sources: Soundboard Source:Betty Cantor 7" two track reel w/DBX-1 @ 7 1/2 ips>PCM501ES @ 44.055 kHz PCM501ES analog out>DBX-1 decoder>analog in PCM501ES analog out>
Dat @ 48 kHz>Soundforge>Shn:
Audience Source:Master Audience Cassette> Sony ecm-33pmics>nak550>reel to reel>cd
The audience source supplies patches for the master reel splices at D2T2,TMNS 6:50 - 7:18 and D3T4, NFA 1:43 - 2:10 Seeded via Fungus and abgd by Charlie Connor 3/21/02, with thanks to Joe Samaritano and Scott Clugston

Reviews

Reviewer: pinga - - April 28, 2015
Subject: gotta love '77!
Highly enjoyable set from that fabled spring run in May of '77
Reviewer: Traction - - September 30, 2014
Subject: Graceful
I have listened to this show more than any other. I went to one show in Spring '77 (New Haven), but mostly went '68-'72. I felt something special at some of those shows that just isn't audible mostly. But in this show, it's audible for a lot of the time. A kind of grace, gentleness and peace that somehow suffuses this music. There's more to say - and lots of people have said it - but I just know I will be listening to this show for a long time more.
Reviewer: rawjed - - August 29, 2014
Subject: numero uno!!
I've had this one a long time, and reach for it often. It's my dream setlist from one of the hottest tours the band ever did. The sound is so rich and wholesome, and the performance is beyond compare. This one stands alone as my #1 of their whole bloody career. Highlights?...the whole show. Every note and lyric!!
Reviewer: FortWarren - - November 5, 2013
Subject: OOOOOHHHHHH
BettyBettyBettyBettyBetty
Reviewer: CEK - - July 15, 2013
Subject: What's wrong with disco?
Of rap for that matter?

Poop on the top 40 all you want. But there is underground disco music that is some of the most vibrant stuff you'll ever hear

Granted, you might not be into the soundtrack of young gay blacks and Latinos

Great show. Nice disco influence.
Reviewer: dupree413 - - March 22, 2013
Subject: MNS
The Music Never Stopped is HOT. But for me the ultimate version is from 2 nights earlier in Boston (5/7/77). "Garcia wheelies"? he is absolutely on fire at the crescendo in that Beantown gem. Check it out.
Reviewer: pauggroove - - May 9, 2012
Subject: Happy 35th Birthday
What a great show all around. There is not much else to say that hasn't already been said. Help>Slip>Frank is excellent and the sound quality is great. A must have from the magic that was Spring '77
Reviewer: Yades - - May 9, 2012
Subject: Great show from a great tour
The band was tight on this tour and recordings from it sparkle; all are worth having. I was a few years away from my introduction to the Dead, but I do remember 1977. The US was out of Vietnam, leaving people happy but with no core issue to protest against anymore! Gerald Ford was president; remember WIN buttons and Chevy Chase's hilarious pratfalls as Ford on SNL? Unfortunately, we also had Disco music, though compared to Rap music, Disco was a pleasure. Amazing the different eras in American history in which the Dead persevered and remained popular.
Reviewer: jsunsh - - May 9, 2012
Subject: 35 years ago today
Ahh the memories of the Dead at their peak. Feel so fortunate (old?) to have been able to catch the "trifecta" that cold (snow in Ithaca, slush in Buffalo), fabled weekend in May. Boston, Cornell, and then luckily a "home game" here in Buffalo. Couldn't resist tuning this one in on its anniversary...still gives me goose bumps and a smile
Reviewer: mirabela - - July 26, 2011
Subject: ... played this tape raw, back in the day ...
Not much to say that hasn't been said. I had a few college neighbors who probably knew this one note for note through the thin walls we shared. I hope they liked it as much as I did, doh!
Reviewer: gratefuldave2 - - July 23, 2011
Subject: My first Dead show
Ahhh May 9th 1977 was my very first Dead show. I came into the show knowing one album – Steal your face and one other song – Truckin. I can still see Garcia’s hand on his white guitar on the first rip of Help on the way. The whole first set my jaw was touching the floor. I kept thinking “how is it that this band has been around for ten years and I have never been turned on to them?” The music continued one great rip after another. I kept noticing everyone was dancing, moving and shaking. From the very top of the upper level orange seats to the front row before the stage everyone was jumping and twirling. I had been to dozens of concerts but never had I seen anything quite like this. It was during the second song of the second set (Good Lovin) that I became a Dead head. The familiar adage applied - “rose out of my seat lord cause I had to dance.” Twenty four years and dozens of shows later I am still a Dead head. It would be years before I realized that my very first Dead show would be rated as one of the best ever. But then again who’s to say what the best was. All in all “There’s nothing like a Grateful concert!”
Reviewer: Humbucker510 - - May 27, 2011
Subject: Smokin...
In every way, this show is the best intro I could give someone if they've never heard the Dead. 1977 is up there w/ the most magical years of the Grateful Dead.

Adjust your altitude then turn this up to 11 and ENJOY!!!
Reviewer: Box Burner - - May 26, 2011
Subject: Holding a Note. . .
One of my early impressions of the Grateful Dead back in 1974, When I first listened to some of their albums, was that they have the unique ability to hold a note without actually playing it. Listening to the '77 shows confirms that first impression.

Among the standouts for me in this show are Not Fade Away and Sugar Magnolia. Played very differently and yet still Very fine.

the sound is excellent, the performance is excellent. I have to agree with a previous reviewer that it almost like a studio recording for quality.
Except for Kieth the band is really on this night. Kieth, while still playing very, very good, seems to be coasting throught most of this show. Maybe he was distacted by something that happened or a toothache or who the hell knows what, but he does not seem to be part of the group mind on this particular night. Makes me wonder what this show would have been like if he was "on" too.

there have been some comments about Sunrise, most sayint that they did not care for the song, and I cannot argue with that, but I think that the reviewer who said that it does not have a Grateful Dead groove is wrong. Sunrise is the Grateful Dead playing behind Donna Jean's solo. No question about it, with the Grateful Dead the music plays the band and that is what you have here. IMHO

Giving This a five for the quality of the sound and mixing. And a 4.75 for the performance.
Reviewer: Speed Limit - - May 9, 2011
Subject: What a Time!
Just started listening to it and so far the Help/Knot/Tower is ridiculously clean and superb! This shows already turning out to be a Favorite. Setlist is what dreams are made of, Thank you all for carrying these holy scriptures along through the ages for heads like me to listen to some 30+ years later, Great way to warmup for Shoreline next month see you there!
Reviewer: supaslick - - May 9, 2011
Subject: from these reviews the show must have been magic
I normally listen to one show a night from "today in grateful dead history" and i pick it out from the reviews i read for each show. I never got to see the dead live, but when i read reviews like the ones for this show, I really wish I could have. I can't wait to start the concert. Might as well rank it a 5.
P.S. to all deadheads: Please write reviews every time you listen to a show on here. If it helps guide me, I know I'm not the only one. Thank you, Steel from Oklahoma.
Reviewer: rollawaythedew! - - August 6, 2010
Subject: sparkling
This music filled my office for a few hours yesterday morning... it'g an amazingly good show. It's a WOW! show. A beautiful Help->Slip!->Franklin's for 31+ minutes to start? Crispy Brown Eyed Women, Music Never Stopped filled with Jerry guitar wheelies. Incredible Not Fade Away Jam. The show rocks from start to finish.
Long Live The Grateful Dead!
peace&love to all.......
Reviewer: STEALyourFACE11 - - July 22, 2010
Subject: Top Pick!
The May 77' runs always put me in a special place when I'm in the mood for mesmerizing Jerry licks or pounding Phil bass lines. The Other One through Not Fade away is non-stop fire. Further nor DSO, while I am a big fan of both and have enjoyed countless shows big time, just can't capture the May 77 vibe; this is the stuff of legends. Boston - Cornell - Buffalo, best three days of music ever!!!!
Reviewer: $GWIZDOLLA$ - - June 20, 2010
Subject: The unspoken
No one ever speaks of Sugar Magnolia, is it because everyone thinks that they are all similar? Well, everyone is wrong. This is up there w/ any other version that could be played(also 3/24/73). I was born in 1984, but this show puts me in 1977. Thank you Grateful Dead.
Reviewer: a troudt99 - - June 10, 2010
Subject: i was THERE
jerry once said he picked someone from the front of the audience and he played that show to them. this was my show!!!!! i realized it only when i read that interview many years later. i was a freshman at SUNY brockport and we snuck onto the floor and made it to the third row in front of jerry. we were needless to say, very altitudinal and i stood up the entire first set with my fist in the air like the two black athletes in mexico city, 1968. jerry made eye contact with me many times and would look to weir and then back at me and they would chuckle.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE!!!!!!
thanks, man
Reviewer: gvtmule - - May 9, 2010
Subject: Perfection
When I first got this tape it quickly became a favorite and has remained so. I love shows that start hot out of the gate and this is a prime example. Tons of energy and everyone at the top of their game musically (except perhaps Keith who is nevertheless just fine). Everyone stands out at different moments. First you're hearing Jerry's incredible leads and that tone. Then you're noticing how loud and on Phil is. And the drummers are at the peak of complemnting each other and the musc, ever propulsive. Then Bob's guitar, also loud with great tone and well balanced, laying down the perfect counterpoint to Jerry's leads. I think a big part of this tape's (and this run's) reputation lies in its sound and it sounds incredible. The balance and seperation are just perfect, and this source sounds as good as any of the others to me. I love how loud the toms are. Phil was stil such a driving force. After '77 the rhythm section would rarely ever be this driving again.

The Dead were never about perfection, but to me this first set is as close to perfection as they got. Sure there is a minor lyric flub or two, but every solo, every transition, every vocal, every version of every song in the first set is near definitive (even Sunrise). Certainly my favorite Help Slip Franklins. Pair this set with the previous night's second and wow! Don't get me wrong this second set has its moments but isn't at the same level as the first overall.

Its interesting that this run of shows came at such a difficult time in the band's career. Things with Keith and Donna were on the downslope. Jerry was overwhelmed with finishing the movie and had been recently introduced to the Persian which would ultimatly lead to his musical and personal decline. Nervertheless, the boys pull out a run for the ages! The second set of Cornell through the end of this first set is my personal favorite stretch of Dead music. I probably reach for this show more than any other.
Reviewer: FrankFoster - - April 29, 2010
Subject: Fantastic Comes a time
The NFA and the Comes a time here are just great. It's tough to beat the NFA from the day before but this one does stand up pretty nicely. Hot show with great sound.
Reviewer: deadheaddom - - April 3, 2010
Subject: Comes a Time
This show is smoking. I could tell you about the blazing H>S>F or the Brown Eyed Women. The Music Never Stopped certanly lives up to the title.

Estimated>The Other One> NFA, wow. But the gem of this show is Comes a Time. WOW... the solo at the end nearly made me cry like so many Jerry solos have the power to do. If you havent heard it then you are missin out.
Reviewer: geraldusa - - January 22, 2010
Subject: I Just Don't Know
I love reading all the comments.....we all have our opinions, don't we? This is a 5 star, without a doubt, but there are a few other concerts that do more for me. Someone said (somewhere) the set list wasn't really important and if that's what you are looking for in a Dead concert then you've missed the point. I disagree.....sort of. I never went looking for a specific group of songs. However, my preference for music sung by Jerry is unquestionable. I could listen to Loser, Eyes, Fire, or Franklin's Tower (to name a few) every night. I'm not looking for those songs, specifically, but it was so beautiful most every time I heard one of them when he was at his best. As good as Buffalo was, it's missing a song or two that I'd of liked to have heard within the flow of this show. I know, some will say it's all a bunch of bullshit. I get that but it is my perspective. Of course, Comes a Time is pretty special.
Reviewer: xvgi - - July 16, 2009
Subject: Get the other version
Excellent show of course - nothing further to add as regards that. However I would advise avoiding this particular download in favour of the other, less downloaded version (approx 5,000 hits last time I looked) because this one has at least one glitch that shouldn't be there and possibly more (Track 1, 3 minutes 41). This one does have the crowd sound and tuning intact of course, which the other one doesn't. But you can't have everything....I'd personally rather have a clean-sounding copy so I'd go for the other one.
Reviewer: BIG_R - - July 5, 2009
Subject: GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY
Listening to this reminds me just how grate they were. Incredible muscianship and an incredible betty board. Stream it or download if you have the know how. I have over a thousand shows (268 auds & the rest sbds) but i come back to this show at least once a month. Also deadheads check out Ekoostik Hookah. Start with 6-30-07, 10-19-07 & 3-28-08. We are crazy about them here in Ohio and the mid west. I try to spread the word cause deadheads love good live music.
Reviewer: manicturncoart - - May 25, 2009
Subject: A+
The show is sublime. For me, Ship of Fools is a real gem.
Reviewer: sbrew - - May 11, 2009
Subject: far better than cornell
This is a wonderful sparkling show, much better than Cornell, much more consistently 'on' and crackling with energy.

But I guess, once Cornell got talked about, it snowballed and no one wanted to be caught saying that they 'couldn't see the emporer's new clothes'. It's sad that Cornell has become the representative to the GD; a show that keeps non-initiates scratching their heads saying "[other than the 'morning dew'], this sounds really sloppy and uninspired".
Reviewer: Thankfulforthetimewehad - - May 2, 2009
Subject: Stinks
This show stinks. Jerry can't play drums. Bob's bass must be missing a string. TC sounds high, and Phil's voice sounds shot throughout the whole show.
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - - March 31, 2009
Subject: Awsome Betty Board!
Another smokin' soundboard from Betty Cator...great performance, even better sound! Along with 5/7 and 5/8/1977, these 3 concerts represent the pinnacle of sound and performance quality of Dead concerts. Best three night run for sound quality AND performance, IMHO.
Reviewer: candyman09 - - March 10, 2009
Subject: Oh my Dear!!
There is no Deadstuff like this May`77 run!
Every night pure magic. Unbelievealbe!!!
Reviewer: lokijam - - February 13, 2009
Subject: Comes a Time
Holy crap!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - February 11, 2009
Subject: '77 Dead...can't get no better
Not much to say about this one that hasn't been said. A lot of folks think this is better than cornell and i can see why. almost every song is perfection. Help>Slip>Franklin's is amazing. I kinda like 2/26's H>S better but this Franklin's Tower is probably the best. not many have mentioned the Cassidy, which is sublime and beautiful as cassidy should be. Big River, Jed, Estimated, and especially Bertha rock! oh man i really like the spin they put on the later bertha's and this is the sickest one. TOO is really nice, still i think there's better later ones out there (like 11/5/77 or dicks picks 18). TMNS is hands down the best. the energy is beyond desciption. it gets me so pumped i can hardly stand it. imho the most stupendeous, astounding, heartbreaking Comes A Time ever. I know a lots been said about it, but its that great. this show could ride on it alone. really. and then to cap it all off a UJB that bests most from '72/'73. WOW!
Reviewer: MVotter - - January 11, 2009
Subject: May '77
Well ... it just don't get more fuckin' beautiful than this. It's just gorgeous through and through ... couple of spots where you're waiting for tapers to change spools and shit, but Jesus, when you make your way to Comes A Time ... well, "only love can fill ... "

BRAVO ... to everyone who had a hand in this from May 5, 1977 to today.

Absolutely Goddamned transcendent.
Reviewer: Stargazin - - November 20, 2008
Subject: yup, still the best
first tape I ever had. I fell in love with a lady like a dove, and called her by name....
Reviewer: NightfallofDiamonds - - July 17, 2008
Subject: INTENSE
TO SUM IT UP

WOW
Reviewer: gruUbic - - July 8, 2008
Subject: 13 years ago
in '95 the Dead were playin the last sets...

in the second city...

WOW...

31 years...2 months and some change ago --- they were playin this gem...


cant believe how lucky my Sabre fan -- friends were on this MAY day...

If these 77 shows arent 5's...
why not?
Reviewer: squashguy - - May 7, 2008
Subject: hey wolfmansbrother
good news...you're just a click away from st paul...comes a time bflo-sublime to say the least...moving, beyond words
Reviewer: WolfmansBrother - - February 15, 2008
Subject: help on the way?
fourteen shows in...after last night's send up in ithaca, i half expected they'd slow down tonight a bit. no dice.

again, the slipknot showcases the band's mindset and the good vibes and great playing continue. first set highlights (aren't they all, really?) include the big river, which just rips, and the peggy-o, which of is the best of the tour so far, i think. the sunrise, which was so blah back in jersey, is actually pretty damn good despite its total lack of a dead groove. and the MNS? holy shit but it IS the best one yet.

the second set is most excellent. the NFA picks up where last night's left off, and another heart-wrenching comes a time. and who the hell complain about UJB as an encore? not me.

i'm looking forward to two nights off! i need some rest before making the southern swing of what is surely shaping up to be the greatest tour by the greatest band ever.

now how the hell to you get from buffalo to st. paul?
Reviewer: mrngdo - - February 14, 2008
Subject: Comes A Time
Brought tears to my eyes. Comes A Time is absolutely, wonderfully, perfectly sublime!
Reviewer: sky dog - - January 8, 2008
Subject: 3 out of 3 ain't bad
This show is the bookend for a run of incredible shows. Help>Slipknot>Franklin's is great, Tennessee Jed and Big River are also very tight. The real highlight is a scorching Music Never Stopped! It suffers from an ill-timed AUD patch, but this must be THE definitive live version of that song. Jerry's vocals are a little low in the mix, but that's a relatively minor complaint.
Reviewer: Dylan M - - December 13, 2007
Subject: Part of the "three best dead shows"
May 7th-9th in 1977 found the dead in their top form, and this show is no exception, infact it is proof to any nay sayers of late 70s dead (how could you be?) This show is perfect. Keith isn't blackout wasted and is hitting his key solos with perfection. Bobby actually hits some interesting riffs, specifically in Bertha. Donna isn't overwhelming Bobby or Jerry vocally. Phil is experimenting like never before on the fretless. THESE ARE THE MOST INTENSE PHIL BOMBS ON THE DEADS ENTIRE CAREER.

Without spelling out the whole setlist which is all amazing (except for Sunrise, but that goes without saying, and was expected in 77') i'll point out the highlights.

Help>Slip!>Franklin's opener is quite a treat with the band in high vocal form and no slacker moments in the slipknot jam. Phil and Bobby seem to have a mutual understanding of what needs to happen in this.

Other set 1 topper seems to be Big River which is spectacular. Each instrument is relevant and no one is "soloing", everyone is cooperating.

Many reviewers have mentioned Music Never Stopped as being great here. Again we get some outrageous Phil bombs with a faster, more intense solo than used to from Jerry in this song. I almost felt twinges of the guitar energy displayed in numbers like the Eleven from 1969 fillmore shows. Never would Garcia play guitar this sharply or intensly again.

Second set is magic time and dosn't nessesarilly follow the second set formula with a spectacular Ship of Fools, a musically brilliant Estimated (all three nites from this run have exelent estimateds), and a particularly emotional Comes a Time that beats 72' versions.

Brilliant, sound is sublime, 5, band is at it's highest point, 5,
all is good.
Reviewer: Mint400 - - December 7, 2007
Subject: Cornell was only a warm up!!!!!!!
I have been listening to this Buffalo recording since I was old enough to memorize the lyrics to Brown Eyed. The Peggy-O is simply one of the most perfect examples of binaural bliss ever documented. At least on this planet, and by creatures of human form. I can even appreciate the Sunrise.
The first set is triumphant.And is followed by a truly complimentary second and is topped of with a gracious encore, which was obviously dedicated to all of the fans that were attending that bunch of shows.
What a week. Get it, Get it Get it!!!!!!
Reviewer: davidgrussin - - October 22, 2007
Subject: THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
tthe solo in this is pure insanity and that alone deserves the five star review
Reviewer: Jonnypos - - September 22, 2007
Subject: Great Show
I was only 1 years old when this show happened, but this is the show that sold me on the Dead. The Peggy-O is sick. The Music isn't shabby either. This era of the Dead is untouchable in my opinion.
Reviewer: Tall Trees - - July 24, 2007
Subject: Pure knockout
Am I the only one who can not hear a single note of dissonance in the entire first set? I swear that except for the audience reaction it sounds like it has been supremely mastered in studio. Pure audio ecstasy, man. Check it out.

Although if you are like me you already know and are returning to this show just to check out the latest posts.
Reviewer: Gr8ful_ken - - July 2, 2007
Subject: BETTER THAN CORNELL and thats hard to beat!
do yourself the favor... download the AUD or find the SBD somewhere else (you can still trade SBD with the Band's blessing, just not on the archive)
Reviewer: Feivel - - May 10, 2007
Subject: Bar Mitzvus Interuptus
Greatgreatgreatandmoregreat!I was stuck on Long Island becoming a man,so,could some kindly generous soul do me a b and p favor?Please!and Thank you!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
wheresthedogstar@gmail.com
Reviewer: downhiller - - May 9, 2007
Subject: Too late....
I guess I was born about 30 yrs too late. I'll just try to make up for it in my office today!

Very good!
Reviewer: DHEd - - April 15, 2007
Subject: Great Great Show
The first set of this show was better than the first set of Barton. Peggy-O is outstanding. The Bertha > Good Lovin start to the 2nd set was dynamite as was Ship of Fools. My jaw dropped during Comes a Time. Luckily, I wasn't at Boston on 5/7. After being at Cornell on the 5/8 then here on 5/9 I was spent. 77 was the last great year.
Reviewer: holyrollerempire1 - - December 12, 2006
Subject: direwolf600
you disgust me!
Reviewer: hunabkupakal - - August 1, 2006
Subject: ~Rainbow........Kalachajkra...........
i breathe
Reviewer: ben and his amazing fish finger sandwiches - - August 1, 2006
Subject: comes a time..
..this inspires me to live and for the love of whatever god may be out there i will Jerry, Thankyou!!!
Reviewer: stonehead - - July 15, 2006
Subject: bumpin
excellent show, excellent quality
Reviewer: dgilly - - June 14, 2006
Subject: Comes A Time
I must agree with Ashes Rising....this is by far the most incredible Comes A Time ever played. It has long been a favorite of mine.
Reviewer: AshesRising - - June 14, 2006
Subject: Comes A Time....
"Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand.." and brings you back to Buffalo: May 9,1977 --- oh, God, "Comes A Time!" How can something be so gut-wrenching and so divine at the same time? I don't know. I thank God Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia met each other so many roads ago -- I cannot imagine how strangely different my life would be without them.
Reviewer: rollandfin - - April 18, 2006
Subject: Help On The Way
A must have.
Help>Slip at it's finest, and special Peggy-O and Bertha are just a few wows from Buffalo, and I do mean wows, the 7th, 8th and 9th of May are probubly the finest 72 hours of the GD. Short a Jack-a-roe and Passenger, 77 is tendered quite comprehensively, I find it best to understand the Three performances as a set.

email @ fieldhouse11277@hotmail.com happy to share with some dedicated listeners
Reviewer: Rider384 - - April 12, 2006
Subject: bertha
does anyone else cry and then piss themselves during this bertha as well?
Reviewer: richardcanoli - - March 21, 2006
Subject: 8:53 of Comes A Times, when the music just....WheW!
ooohs and ahhhs all around, the entire show. but the most exalting moment in music for me is in Comes A Time, at 8:53, when Bob n Jerry's guitars combine for the most sublime of all musical passages. it's only 2 seconds, but what a glorious 2 seconds. please d/l this and listen to that section, turn your friends on and your enemies too if you have any. this shit can soothe the world!

i swear, Jerry's solo in Comes A Time is so haunting and ancient and inspired, even if it is strictly a key-sig solo...

"godDAMN well i declare! have you seen the like?"

forget Barton for awhile. i swear you won't be disappointed. even the AUD d/l is worth it, it's not bad at all. but like someone below said, get the bettyboard. you will be sooooo in love all over again...
Reviewer: jfk62 - - February 17, 2006
Subject: Grateful for nugets.net - free stash
The SBD is still available for downloading - I'm doing it as I type this. Excellent all around concert and recording - you can't go wrong with this one!!!
Reviewer: Rastamon - - January 20, 2006
Subject: SB Available!! ...
....at of todays reveiw date. Go to www.gdlive.com and the SB is there to Download, (it's near the top of the list)Outstanding Help>Slip>Franklins!
Reviewer: crank - - January 18, 2006
Subject: One of my favorites
This show is one of the best I've heard. The band rocks out on help->slip->frank. My friends and I used to sit around listening to this tape at BH's
Reviewer: Hage - - January 14, 2006
Subject: Stating the Obvious
This is a great show, all the way around. Nice set lists, song selections. This show was actually one of the first I ever got on cassette tape, way back in the 9th grade and, I loved it then and love it now. Well worth the space on your hard drive. Come to think of it, pretty much every show I've heard in the Spring '77 Tour is worth having. Enjoy.
Reviewer: ed-head - - January 9, 2006
Subject: late 70's early 80's sweetness
The late 70s to early 80s is my favorite Dead period. Period. This show is a typical - maybe a better than typical show for this magical timeframe. The band is at its tightest. IMHO. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: dankmaker - - December 30, 2005
Subject: Phil's sound
Great sounding show. Phil is very clear in the mix. Hence, setting the tone for Jerry to lay out some mean lickings. Very nice set list. I would download this now and enjoy it during rush hour if I could.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - November 5, 2005
Subject: Second set energy
The Music Never Stopped is nothing to shake a stick at -- Jerry's in the zone, and it keeps on going.

I'm not a huge fan of Comes a Time, but this version is powerful, with some great guitar work. Jerry is also hot on the Not Fade Away that comes before it.

It ends with an energetic Uncle John's Band with pretty vocals and a driving jam.
Reviewer: devlin - - October 19, 2005
Subject: In a dreamy mood
5/7-8-9/77 , the three shows are stellar. But each one has it's own mood. Boston, it's the mighty swing. Cornell, it's extravaganza. And Buffalo it's the dreamy mood.
The whole show is stellar but the segue EP>OtherOne>NFA>Comes A Time is really extraordinary : a very fluid and emotional Prophet slips naturally into a short but intense Other One. Then NFA where the band sounds like a cosmic cithara leads to a wonderful Comes A Time, so sweet so powerful. And Sugar Mag and UJB to finish the job !!! and it's a Betty C.J. soundboard !!!
Reviewer: jonnyreb - - October 13, 2005
Subject: OH YAH!
Scene: ME, in the middle of the woods, at the Michigan regional gathering a year after Jerry died, with a Big Buck Brewery Ball, and the first set of this tape BLASTING out of the stereo of my friend's '81 VW Westphalia, with me boogying down. And all the while, my 3 friends, who arn't heads, standing in the shadows watching me the entire time. One thing I can say, one can play music VERY loud in the Michigan woods. My friends came out of the shadows, scaring the shit out of me, while laughing thier asses off. They just didn't understand.
Interesting that very few comments about Music, which to me is the highlight of the show, and the best I have ever heard. Jerry is just crazy jamming. This whole show rocks!!! My first show was '86, and I envy people who saw the spring '77 shows. Like fine wine, spring '77 was a great year.
PS: Love and miss you Jerry, the world is not the same without you!
Reviewer: Darkstarlsd - - September 27, 2005
Subject: THIS SHOW
WOW WOW AND WOW COMES A TIME ......THANKS BOYS
Reviewer: chillman - - September 16, 2005
Subject: peggy o
the boys have done it again.the sadness in jerrys voice along with superb picking almost brought tears to my eyes
Reviewer: Lewis/Klitschko - - September 16, 2005
Subject: Re:
I really feel they shot their load in the first set. 5/4's "Comes a Time" is better.
Reviewer: hyperboy - - September 14, 2005
Subject: Big River....Comes a Time
Yes I agree with the previous reviews on "Comes a Time." Jerry's 2nd solo IS haunting. But "Big River" is the highlight for me. Damn, what a monster "Big River." Very up tempo...very tight too. This is now in my top 5 Big Rivers. And Jerry's solo on "Ship of Fools" - damn that's why he was and will always be KING!

Rest of show is excellent...but IMO, not quite as good as 5/7/77 or 5/8/77...not as tightly played and sound is not equal. But still amazing...like all of May 1977. I give it a 4.5 stars >> 5.
Reviewer: goodlovin77 - - August 27, 2005
Subject: 5/9/77 Buffalo
yeah, it's confirmed, this show is ridiculously good from start to finish..the sound quality is definitely awesome too..
Reviewer: jhender501 - - August 10, 2005
Subject: Comes a Time
Have to agree with an earlier noter re: Come a Time..haunting solo by Jerry. The whole show gets 10 stars.

Jim
Reviewer: omnihead - - August 10, 2005
Subject: Better than cornell?
In many ways, this show blows Cornell out of the water. The entire first set is way better than 5/8, and the second set is almost as good. The only reason why Cornell, in my opinion, is a little better; is because of the superb sound quality of 5/8 and of course, the all-time greatest versions of Scarlet>Fire and Morning Dew. Otherwise, this is the better of the two shows.
Reviewer: Thad - - July 31, 2005
Subject: Comes A Time
After many years of listening, I still believe Garcia's solo on this "Comes A Time" is one of his all-time best. Just exactly perfect. That vocal is not too shabby either.
Reviewer: Mr. Charlie - Lambertville - - July 9, 2005
Subject: This shows smokes!
Compared to the night before which was a screamer....this show holds it's own with ease. Personally, I think that the night before at Barton Hall is slightly overrated and this show is slightly underrated. Pretty amazing stuff in a tour that set the bar. My time machine is almost finished. My first stop will me May 77!
Reviewer: Matty Kid - - July 6, 2005
Subject: Top 3
Unbelievable show. Bests Cornell
Reviewer: direwolf600 - - June 22, 2005
Subject: Like it or Lump it
In the grand scheme of 1977 I have never been able to come up with the feelings so many express about this show. The sound quality is obviously 5 stars, easily. However there are parts of this show that seem to drag to me. The Help->Slip is awesome, kicking interesting and full of energy but the Franklins...I have tried, listened as closely as I know how...imho it is boring. The BE Women is great but the night before has it beat. The Peggy-O is virtually above reproach, gorgeous. Sunrise--maybe if this wasn't there thing could be different but that kills the set for me. TMNS is great and tight but by the time it comes around my hands are in my pockets. Bertha->Good Lovin smokes and Ship of Fools, while a wonderful song, squashes the energy from the 1st two songs. Imo, they never are able to bring it back up after this. The rest of the show is very tight, well played, but in comparison with many many other shows bores me. Seems like cruise control. 5/4 5/5 5/8 5/11 5/15 5/25 all stand out more for me. 2/26/77 4/23/77-period shows with H>S>F that kill this one...6/19/76 10/11/77 also. Dont take this review wrong. I think its a very solid show, but give me something that bites...this show is like a back-rub.
I can't give it 3 due to the sound but I think its alittle below a 4.
Reviewer: findyouself - - June 15, 2005
Subject: really is that good
the help>slip!>franklin's is to die for. i streamed and streamed and streamed trying to find a better one, but i dont think it exists.

the slipknot! is so memorable, i feel like i could sing the whole thing acappella. do yourself a favor and at leats listen to h>s>f
Reviewer: dougly - - May 29, 2005
Subject: Maybe better than Cornell
This is one of my favorite shows. i actually prefer it to Cornell. The Other One is totally beyond to the point where I really can't believe they are actually making this stuff up as they go. The Not Fade Away is very interesting and loopy, and I think the show stopper is really Comes a Time- Jerry's playing is passionate and intense. Many a night have I gotten stoned and listened to this show.
Reviewer: luvlight72 - - May 24, 2005
Subject: What to say??
I have little to add to what has been said already. If I had to choose between Buffalo and Ithica I would choose Buffalo. The Peggy-o is unbeatable and this Help>Slipknot is what converted me into a manic head back way in the day.
Reviewer: TerrapinUnderStars - - May 19, 2005
Subject: Praise for Dead and very Grateful
If I could have told you 22 years ago that I was going to become a life long dead head after hearing this show I would have laughed at you. This awesome display of the Dead's captivating power on people is so real. This very show was an inspiring event. We went on tour a month later! The estimated prophet is gripping and the Bertha is amazing. Donna sings Sunrise on this recording and only sings it two other times on this tour. Peggy-o is good but this recording has an audio distortion in it. The Music Never Stopped is the show stopper!
Reviewer: darkstarpat - - May 9, 2005
Subject: Big River
Beyond the praise that everyone has offered already, especially regarding the Help>Slipknot>Franklin's, I urge everyone to check out the Big River. My personal favorite, it rips the whole way through. They absolutely tear it up on this Franklin's. This is right up there with 6/9 and 5/22 as my favorites. This whole Northeast Run (5/5-5/9) is just amazing.
Reviewer: lobster12 - - April 5, 2005
Subject: grand daddy of a run
I'm Lumpimg a ton of shows in this review. For those out there who read about classic "runs" in the reviews of others, the crown jewel of that term is this legendary run. Just grab everything from New haven to buffalo and you will be in heaven. Cornell is the dom perignon of the shows but the other nights are just as glorious, and this buffalo one gets overlooked because of the high standars set from previous nights. enjoy folks
Reviewer: WoodWarbler - - March 7, 2005
Subject: If You Get Confused, Listen To This Show Play!!!
The only time anyone messes up in this show is when Jerry forgets the words during Franklin's Tower..."One Watch.....if you get confused, listen to the music play!" Makes for a classic version of the song. A perfect show if there ever was one. Quintessential versions of Peggy-O, Comes A Time, UJB, Music Never Stopped and Cassidy. Epic Help>Slip>Franklin's. This tape is always, always with me wherever I go and is a prerequisite for long road trips. Always a crowd pleaser whenever I play it for folks, it is still my favorite after 15 years of collecting!
Reviewer: ny dead - - March 5, 2005
Subject: peggy O! thats what I'm talkin' bout!
first live dead i ever heard was this show and when i heard peggy O iwas hooked forever (thnx brian cleveland) rip jg
Reviewer: phishisgood - - March 4, 2005
Subject: Awesome
Peggy-O is all I have to say. Very sweet sounding.
Reviewer: aquabat414 - - January 31, 2005
Subject: Another great great show...
I would agree to argue that one could find a better H>S>FT's, but this one is awesome noetheless. It really is a great opener, and just the funkyness of it gets me toe tappin everytime. Cassidy is also an extremely excellent version. In fact I would say that the entire first set is awesome(well, along with the second set too). I mean Peggy-O, Sunrise, and TMNS were all a superb way to end the set. Recording is stellar, one should not hesitate to download this show.
Reviewer: Benzosity - - January 22, 2005
Subject: Hey now...
as for best H>S>F, i don't know. there were a lot of quality ones in '76. But this is a knockout, great show-starter. I think the real value of this show is as a whole. There are no disappointing songs. Jerry is on, Phil is on, Everyone is locked in. Check out the end of Estimated. Or the octave-solo in NFA. It's all gooooooood. 5-7/8/9 together are pretty much unbeatable.
Reviewer: sunstroke - - January 16, 2005
Subject: here ya go...
>>If anyone disagrees that this is the best Help>slip>frank ever, please tell us the date of a better one!!

this ones good, BUT check out 6/9/77...
Reviewer: patchesfluffnug - - December 20, 2004
Subject: yeah
If anyone disagrees that this is the best Help>slip>frank ever, please tell us the date of a better one!! this show is one of my all time favorites IMHO it is better than Cornell. I am so stoked to have the second set now. many kind thanks to all those that make this possible.
Reviewer: Kyrion - - November 22, 2004
Subject: What a show!
I just started downloading May of '77, and this was the first show I picked, due to the Betty board. All I can say is, "Wow." Great show! Help>Slip>Franklins is just gorgeous.
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - - October 8, 2004
Subject: Lovin' this site!!
Just a big thanks to all the people who make these shows available to us. I doubt there is a head in the world who needs to be told anything about this show.

Thanks again!
Reviewer: scarletbegonia00 - - August 15, 2004
Subject: Help on the Way
This show was my first tape and still my favorite after 700 more. HELP>SLPI>FRANKLIN'S best ever. A must have!
Reviewer: johnniehaygood - - August 15, 2004
Subject: A+++++
Donna is excellent in Comes a Time.
This is a high quality show
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - - August 10, 2004
Subject: All I can say
is AHHHHWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Reviewer: auggie - - August 2, 2004
Subject: Betty Rules!
This site needs to put out the Betty board story, the sound quality is unbeatable. I just got a good '91 show and cannot believe what Healy was thinking when he mixed the sound. No wonder they let him go.

I sometimes prefer this to Barton Hall because it is a little more even preformance. The tempo on Bertha is a little slow but the H>S>F, Comes a Time, and UJB encore more then make up for that.
Reviewer: creepers - - July 31, 2004
Subject: On par with Boston and Cornell.
Perfect Peggy-O. Flawless mix. Flawless sound quality. Obvious 5 star performance. Easily holds its own with the best of the east coast May tour.
Reviewer: blak0102 - - July 12, 2004
Subject: Peggy-O
Check out the Peggy-O... just sublime
Reviewer: DeadPod - - July 1, 2004
Subject: My First Dead Show
This was my fist show - I was 14 and didn't know who the Dead really were. My brother dragged me to this show with an extra ticket......THANKS. 145 shows later, it's still in my top 5.
Reviewer: RJGerard - - June 28, 2004
Subject: Enjoyable Show.
I really like this show. It's got great energy. Great songs. Sounds great. What more can I say, but it's great.
Reviewer: Jack Straw from Carolina - - June 11, 2004
Subject: Sweet Music
the May 9th show is one of my favorites, in part because the sound quality is so "in tune", the notes resonate and fill the car with good feeling. The playing is superb, Jerry is on, Phil hits such fine notes, the "Blind Man" is some of the best bluesy playing you will hear, the vocals are nice. Get this show!
Reviewer: Rayman - - May 28, 2004
Subject: You Just Can't Believe IT!
Man, words cannot describe how great this show is . . . I've been into tape trading for several years and of all the material I've gotten of the Dead this show still gives me goose bumps. I bet I've listened to it 200 times and each time I freak at what a great performance this is! Trust me, if you like the Dead during the Keith and Donna era, after listening to this show, and it won't be just once! you'll LOVE the Dead. I've had people say they "kinda like" the Dead, but once they hear this show, they finally get it! Get yours here and LONG LIVE the ARCHIVE!
Reviewer: Slipknot ! - - May 27, 2004
Subject: Overlook no longer !
This show is my personal favorite from 1977. From it's major impact on me as one of my first handful of Dead tapes, this night still shines sooooo bright in such a stellar year. It is never very far from my CD player ! INSPIRED PLAYING THROUGHOUT, THE WHOLE SHOW IS JUST SMOKE ! Another example of 5 stars just not being enough - Go get it and 'find out what IT IS ALL ABOUT' !!
Reviewer: soybomb - - April 26, 2004
Subject: One of my first Dead shows....
And still one of the best that I have. The H>S>F opener is on fire. The whole show is.
Reviewer: MoonlightMile - - April 19, 2004
Subject: A must have!
This show is an absolute classic, and might be the pinnacle of May 77. The H>S>F and Music Never Stopped are all-time great versions (probably my favorites!) and the Comes A Time in set II is otherworldly, one of my favorite all-time Jerry moments. Trust me, you need this show.
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